MERIDIAN, Idaho -- Morris A Kreegar, 88, a World War II veteran, died Saturday, June 21, 2014, at St. Luke’s Meridian Hospital in Meridian, Idaho, after a brief illness.
Morrie, as he was known by friends and family, was born in Anderson, Ind., on July 10, 1925, to Chester O. and Bernice (Zion) Kreegar. Morris lived in the Anderson area until his enlistment in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 16, 1942.
He took basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station in Illinois, followed by 16 weeks of schooling at the University of Minnesota Cooks and Bakers school, where he advanced to 3rd Class Petty Officer and was then assigned duty aboard the destroyer USS Hall.
Morris was proud to say he held five ratings in active duty during World War II, finishing as Seaman Cook First Class/ Chief Commissary Steward. Morris received ribbons for the American Theatre, European African (two stars), Asiatic Pacific (seven stars), Philippine Liberation (two stars), and the Good Conduct and Victory medals.
He started his tour on the Hall with the escort of President Roosevelt to the Teheran Conference and after 29 invasions ended his tour on ship after the battle for Okinawa. On June 23, 1945, the Hall left Okinawa for overhaul at San Pedro, Calif., where the men all took leave.
Morris returned to Indiana, where he met and two weeks later married his wife of 61 years, Eloise Bernice Williams. Morris was discharged from the Navy three years to the day of his enlistment on Nov. 16, 1945, but remained in the Reserves, as an instructor, until 1962.
Their lives together took them from California, to Indiana, to North Carolina, to Texas, and Colorado and finally the last 26 years in the Boise, Idaho, area. This union produced a large and loving family of seven children, 14 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren, with another on the way!
Morrie spent his life working in the meat industry, with many of his children and grandchildren following suit, until he finally choose to retire in 2010 at the age of 85.